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EA On Dead Space: "We Listen To The Fans And We Hear Them"

Even if you're not willing to call Dead Space "survival horror," you have to admit it would definitely still qualify for a general "horror" label.

In truth, nobody has done it better this generation. And this is why EA doesn't want to disappoint the fans who have enjoyed this series for the thrills and chills; people love to be freaked out, after all.

In a recent CVG interview, EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau said the team has worked hard on the new cooperative-based angle in Dead Space 3. They also want to make it more "broadly appealing," which may make the die-hard fans a little nervous. But have no fear: The new co-op feature and the focus on reaching a wider audience won't make the developer sacrifice that much-needed horror element. Said Gibeau:

"We're very self aware of that - we listen to the fans and we hear them. We're going to be releasing more assets over the coming months that show you how deep the horror is. It's definitely not getting away from gore or horror, but at the same time it's opening up to a larger audience by adding some elements."

Interestingly enough, Gibeau cited the new Ridley Scott film, "Prometheus," as inspiration for the team. The bottom line is they still want the Dead Space IP to grow and although they've got a solid foundation, they want to continue to add new followers. Based on what we've seen of Dead Space 3 so far, they'll probably manage to do just that.

Related Game(s): Dead Space 3

Tags: dead space 3, dead space iii, dead space sequel, dead space survival horror

6/15/2012 10:07:51 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 10:41:19 AM
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They certainly aren't listening to me. I've never asked or wanted co-op in any survival game, EVER.

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Xombito
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11:11:30 AM

Yeah! It's never scary when someone else is there plugging away at enemies with you.

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xenris
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11:45:07 AM

The only way they could make this scary, is using the Co op mechanics to add horror. Have sections where your together and it's more action based or whatever. But then add sections were your mic stops working and you get separated from your partner, and you both are in different areas for a period of time.

They could do something really effective and cool like that but I doubt they will :(

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Underdog15
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 1:20:51 PM

Xenris, that is an excellent idea!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 1:21:49 PM

Why would anyone repeat the offensive and intrusive mistakes of Resident Evil 5? *shakes head*

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xenris
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 3:07:16 PM

I sort of agree world. I think that RE5 was a fun game and I platinumed it, but it in no way was a survival horror game, it was an action game. I did get addicted to upgrading my weapons though.

Thanks Underdog! I was talking to my friend about it the other day and we were trying to think of ways to make a horror game that was co op and that was part of what we came up with :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 3:45:23 PM

It was a fun game that was well made, I didn't even care that you had to stop to shoot, but RE it was not.

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xenris
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 7:33:48 PM

Yeah thats what I meant, it didn't feel like a resident evil.

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harchibald1
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11:24:21 AM
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l hope they dont completely wreck one of my favorite franchises.

i can't imagine playing with another player and having the same Amont of horror and scares.

remember the level in deadspace 2, when the train crashes and your hanging there and a brute suddenly appears, wow! if u missed the shot the train falls and squashes u, amazing tension, and especially when your doing it on hardcore with the ability to only save it three times on the hardest setting,
Im worried that expect of the game will be lost.

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 11:51:24 AM
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The scare factor just dropped if u have a single player AI buddy with u. They could however pull off a area where your buddy gets trapped of some sort and ur all alone doing most of the fighting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 15, 2012 @ 1:21:01 PM
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Well they broadly appealed themselves out of a purchase by yours truly. AI buddies in horror are anathema.

Prometheus was okay but there wasn't any horror in it.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 12:20:05 AM
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If I'm understanding there will be an AI partner? Crappy. Guess I'll be playing with a friend which is great, I just hate babysitting.

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___________
Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 4:41:54 AM
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yup because promethus was such a scary film!
god, just crash already!
crash now!
so we can go back to developers making games fans want, not what they think will sell!
this will be exactly like DS2 just worse.
it took away some of the scare and tension aspects of the original, and this will do it even more so.
sigh, its RE5 all over again!
lets make a deal, if DS3 is HALF as scary as dead space is ill give up gaming for good.
thats how confident i am this is going to be just another mindless shooter!

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